American Nursing Informatics Association Marks Successful Conference

Pitman, NJ – More than 450 informatics nurses and allied professionals convened for the American Nursing Informatics Association 2016 Annual Conference on April 21-23, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA.

The participants included nurses, educators, administrators, researchers, and other health care professionals whose careers intersect with IT. They attended sessions by the top experts in the informatics industry, an area that is growing rapidly and drawing much attention due to technologic advances that improve patient care.

At the conference, the attendees earned continuing education credits and networked with colleagues. They also visited with vendors in the exhibit hall and enjoyed special events.

“From the quality of the speakers to the networking, this was hands down one of the best conferences we’ve ever had,” said Daniel Gracie, DNP, RN-BC, of Charleston, SC, ANIA’s new president. “I heard feedback like ‘The telehealth session was excellent,’ and ‘The conference was everything I hoped for and more!’ from attendees. It’s rewarding to know the nurses got so much out of it.”

Nursing informatics blends the science of information technology (IT) with nursing practice in a broad range of health care settings. Because technology changes so rapidly, nurses and other professionals working in this area rely greatly on the ANIA Conference to stay current.

Program Highlights

For the first time at the conference, ANIA offered the “Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course” as a 2-day preconference workshop on April 20-21. Attendees also enjoyed additional preconference workshops focusing on telemedicine, publishing, and career planning.

Keith Boone, FACMImimi, who describes himself as a “Standards Geek” for GE Healthcare, delivered the Keynote Address on Friday, April 22. During his session, Boone discussed the importance of standards participation by nurses.

Concurrent sessions ran on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. Speakers described the latest practice innovations in such areas as cognitive computing systems, nursing metrics, innovations in population health, advances in electronic health records (EHR), and much more.

Also on Saturday, Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, Vice President, Virtual Care and Innovation, Seton Healthcare, presented the General Keynote Address. Dr. Henderson described the ways technology is transforming health care in her session, “Telehealth: The Future of Healthcare.”

The conference ended later that day with the Closing General Session presented by Hugo Campos, blogger and patient advocate. Campo explored partnering with patients in his session “From Patient Engagement to Autonomy, Designing My Patient Experience.”

To help nurses continue their learning experience, ANIA offers them access to the ANIA Online Library. The attendees may print handouts and “virtually” attend sessions they may have missed at no additional charge. For those who did not attend, the conference courses are available through the library for a fee.

Annual Awards

2016 ANIA Scholarship Award Recipients

At the conference, four ANIA members received scholarships of $3,000 each to help them advance their careers. They are:

  • Brooke Villarreal, MSN-RN-BC, DNP Student at Vanderbilt University
  • Karen Young, BSN, Mifflinville, PA Master’s Degree Student in Healthcare Informatics at Misericordia University 
  • Tanya Kamphuis, BSN RNC-OB, Kingwood, TX MSN Nursing Informatics Student at Texas Tech University
  • Heidi Steiner, MSN, Rochester, NY, DNP Student

2015 ANIA Maggie Cox Writers Award

Daniel Linnen, MS, RN-BC, received the 2015 Maggie Cox Award for his article, “From Data to Action: Developing Next-Gen Enterprise Dashboard Analytics to Reduce Clinical Alarm Fatigue,” which was published in Nursing Informatics Today’s 2015 fourth quarter issue.

Linnen is a PhD student in Nursing and Health Policy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and a board certified Nursing Informatics Specialist at Kaiser Permanente, National IT and Innovation.

Officers Inducted

Daniel Gracie, DNP, RN-BC, of Charleston, SC, assumed the role of president from Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, who will now serve as immediate past-president. Also inducted were Brenda Kulhanek, PhD, MSN, MS, RN-BC of Roseville, CA, as President-Elect, and Carolyn S. Harmon, DNP, RN-BC of Columbia, SC, as Education Director. In addition, Marcy Stoots, DNP, RN-BC, Tampa, FL, was selected ANIA Policy Committee Chair.

  • Click here for a full list of the ANIA Board of Directors

ANIA 2017 Conference

Next year’s Annual Conference will be held March 30- April 1, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA. Click here for a full calendar of ANIA events.

Contact ANIA

For more information about ANIA, visit, ania.org, phone 866-552-6404, or e-mail: aniareg@ajj.com. The ANIA National Office is located at 200 East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071.

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ANIA is a professional nursing association with over 3,000 members in 50 states and 30 countries.
The purpose of ANIA (formerly ANIA-CARING) is to advance the field of nursing informatics through communication,
education, research, and professional activities.

Release Date: 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016